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Lady Flames Blank Western Kentucky for Fourth Consecutive Win
The Liberty Lady Flames tennis team capped its three-match road trip with its second shutout of the season, 5-0 against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Monday afternoon.
After dropping its first four matches of the season, Liberty has won six out of its last seven contests to move over .500 for the first time this season at 6-5 (3-1 Big South). With the loss, Western Kentucky drops to 3-3 on the year.
"Our team is becoming a master at handling adversity," said Liberty head coach Jeff Maren. "We had a lot of it today but remained focused and were able to get the job done. I am so proud of my team for the way we completed on this road trip. It will serve us well as we prepare for our next match against East Carolina."
The Lady Flames began the day with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions to earn the doubles tally. Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman defeated Monta Reinfeld and Madeline Phillips, 8-3, before Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong knocked off Alex Crofford and Carolina Barboza by the same score. Jessie Boda and Brittany Yang's match in the No. 2 spot was ruled unfinished.
Liberty rolled past the Hilltoppers in singles play, winning each match in straight sets. Thong started with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Gabby Crofford in the No. 5 position for her team-best fifth consecutive singles win. Yang extended the Lady Flames' advantage to 3-0 after dropping only two games, 6-2, 6-0, to Barboza in the No. 4 spot.
Jenkins followed up Yang's win with her fourth straight singles victory in the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 6-1, over Mason. Annisha Domenech concluded the afternoon with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 rout of Alex Crofford in the No. 6 position for her second straight singles win.
Both Richard's match versus Reinfeld in the No. 1 spot and Wellman's tilt against Phillips in the No. 4 position were ruled unfinished.
The Lady Flames will take the remainder of the week off from competition before returning to the court on March 19 at home versus East Carolina. Match time against the Pirates is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
Liberty 5, Western Kentucky 0SINGLES
1. Richard (LU) vs. Reinfelde (WKU), DNF
2. Jenkins (LU) def. Mason (WKU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Wellman (LU) vs. Phillips (WKU), DNF
4. Yang (LU) def. Barboza (WKU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Thong (LU) def. G. Crofford (WKU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Domenech (LU) def. A. Crofford (WKU), 6-1, 6-0
1. Jenkins/Wellman (LU) def. Reinfelde/Phillips (WKU), 8-3
2. Boda/Yang (LU) vs. G. Crofford/Mason (WKU), DNF
3. Richard/Thong (LU) def. A. Crofford/Barboza (WKU), 8-3